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Saturday, 26 March 2011 05:30

Feathers' youthful revamp

Written by Tania Braukamper

A draping, body-hugging number in hot red would, at one time or another, have been far from what you'd expect from Australian boutique Feathers. Yet there it was, opening their fall 2011 collection launch, sexy and slinky as ever yet still with an elegantly knee-length hem. Feathers, in my mind at least, was always a more formal, mature (for want of a better term) brand, but a younger revamp was last night more than apparent. Following the red number were winter outfits with boho hints: fur gilets and maxi skirts, and a healthy dose of leather. Some Australian model favourites - the likes of Kate Peck, Iskra Galic, and Chelsea Scanlan amoung them - effortlessly modelled the pieces in matching white wigs, no doubt enjoying the calm before the LMFF (L'Oreal Melbourne fashion festival) storm.

Feathers fall 2011 launch

For more pictures from the launch, including both social and runway photos, click on the gallery below.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011 14:23

Thurley do black right

Written by Daniel P Dykes

It's oft said that, come winter, the people of the city of Melbourne wear just one colour: black. Clearly that's a horribly generalised statement for they wear grey too. Jibes aside, it's these two colours that Australian label Thurley worked so effectively through their autumn / winter 2011 offering. An offering that was embellished, embroidered and altogether visually sumptuous without ever attempting to pass itself off as something it wasn't. In short, it's a collection that all labels who preference a black aesthetic come winter ought to pay attention to.

thurley winter 2011

You can see all of Thurley's autumn / winter 2011 offering, click on the thumbnails below and click through the photos.

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Tuesday, 26 April 2011 08:16

Urban Upbringing's laneway runway

Written by Tania Braukamper

If edgy and black is considered the Melbourne standard, then Sunday night's Urban Upbringing parade didn't try and fight the fact. Rutledge Lane was lined with metal kegs for seating, the typically graffitied laneway ("God protect us from what's coming" one overhead poster implored) transformed into a gritty backstreet runway for the occasion.

The setting was all very fitting. We were greeted with a soundtrack of Personal Jesus accompanied by a stream of models in black, black, leather and more black. But black does not have to equal dull where Melbourne's design scene is concerned (not to mention the odd pop of colour courtesy Hunter's bight red wellington boots). We saw black leather dotted with sophisticated details like a tan leather panel on the back of a dress, or a full leather dress shirt for men. Later the limits of fashion-as-fetish were pushed with leather harnesses, hooded robes and futuristic corsetry.

lauren aitken in mly black label

Next we were greeted with a uniquely distressed effect on sheer fabric that made for an eye catching minidress and longline jacket and some black net pieces for both the boys and girls. The black theme continued with Lyndel Yeo's MLY Black Label, the usual feast of femininity, frills, and sheer skirts (including her black sheer maxidress which I myself have and, by pure coincidence, was wearing that night). Lyndel's pieces have a certain versatility that takes them from day to night, a fact also evident in the laneway show.

Lastly the black theme was finally broken in brilliant style with an embroidered cream floor length dress that had a strict, religious quality to it, its thorny heart motif reminding me more of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Julier than anything else. Following it were more intricately detailed pieces that were ruffled or fringed or scattered with tiny bows. The best way to get a feel for the detailing of these pieces, and indeed all of the designs mentioned above, is to peruse the gallery below.

Hosted by La Carte Blanche, the designers featured were Joseph Jang, Kosta J. Peters, Geoffrey Haining, MLY Black Label and Luisa Fernanda.

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